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2010-01-20 15:35:00

Research suggests that the decline of honeybees seen in many parts of the world has been caused by the reduction of plant diversity, according to BBC News. The scientists found that bees fed on pollen from several plants had a healthier immune system than those eating pollen from a single type. The French team wrote in the journal Biology Letters that bees need a fully functional immune system in order to sterilize food for the colony. Other research has shown that bees and wild flowers...

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2009-12-10 08:55:00

Ground-breaking discoveries by Michigan State University researchers could help protect honeybees from deadly parasites that have devastated commercial colonies. The MSU researchers for the first time were able to produce in the laboratory proteins that help channel sodium ions through cell membranes of parasites known as Varroa mites. The research, using cellular frog eggs, also found that these proteins react to chemicals differently than the sodium channel proteins in honeybees, a finding...

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2009-10-02 10:10:00

Scientists at Rothamsted Research and Warwick University have been awarded £1M (1.5M USD) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in partnership with Syngenta, to research the decline of honeybees. UK government figures suggest bee numbers have fallen by 10-15% over the last 2 years; the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) quotes a figure nearer 30% for 2008. Since the declines were first reported a number of factors have been suggested. Most scientists...

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2009-09-21 06:30:00

In an attempt to counteract the disappearance of bees, Britons are beginning to keep their own bees in small urban gardens. Beekeeping is an age-old practice that is now making a come-back in Britain, as people become increasingly worried about the future of food and a strong desire to make a difference in the environment. Only 6 months ago, 43 year-old Jon Harris was just learning how to keep bees, now he has a successful hive in his small back garden in Brixton, south London. "That...

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2009-09-18 05:55:00

Attendees of this year's Apimondia, the 41st world apiculture congress, in southern France are focusing on what is killing the world's bees. Pesticides, viruses, industrialized farming and fungus are among the possible reasons why bee hives throughout parts of North America, Europe, and Asia have been struck by a mysterious ailment known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Although bee communities naturally lose around five percent of their numbers during normal times, up to 90 percent...

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2009-08-25 15:05:00

Researchers report this week that they have found a surprising but reliable marker of colony collapse disorder, a baffling malady that in 2007-2008 killed off more than a third of commercial honey bees in the U.S.Their study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to identify a single, objective molecular marker of the disorder, and to propose a data-driven hypothesis to explain the mysterious disappearance of American honey bees. The team included researchers...

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2009-08-25 06:10:00

Damage to the honey bee's internal protein-producing "factories" may provide researchers with a new clue to the sudden collapse of honey bee colonies across the nation. Colony collapse disorder is a phenomenon in which worker bees from beehives or colonies abruptly disappear. These disappearances have been happening since the dawn of apiculture, but the term "Ëœcolony collapse disorder' was first used to describe a drastic increase in the number of disappearances of Western honey...

2009-08-13 15:30:29

Honeybees in colonies affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD) have higher levels of pathogens and are co-infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-CCD counterparts, but no individual pathogen can be singled out as the cause of CCD, according to a study by an international team of researchers.The researchers, who represented Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, University of Liege, Gembloux Agricultural University, North Carolina State University and the U.S....

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2009-05-21 06:19:46

Risks still surround the fate of the honeybee, the Associated Press reported. A shocking 29% of honeybee hives in the US have died off in the last year, however this is less of a loss than what was noted in 2007 and 2008.  A survey released Tuesday by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the Department of Agriculture's Honey Bee Lab, indicated that the situation for the tiny insects with the task of pollinating various important food groups was still very precarious.  "This is the...

2009-04-14 13:50:44

For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success. In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analyzed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse...